INDEED – a project strengthening a comprehensive approach to preventing, mitigating and counteracting radicalisation, based on a universal evidence-based model for evaluation of radicalisation – officially started with a kick-off meeting on the 21st and 22nd of September 2021 in Warsaw.
The meeting was hybrid, with Consortium Partners, guests from the European Commission and representatives of the European Crime Prevention Network, Polish National Police and Terrorism Prevention Centre of Excellence of the Internal Security Agency. With this initial meeting came the first discussions on the challenges and activities related to the project.
Motivation Behind INDEED project
In the past several years, radicalisation leading to violent extremism or terrorism, with threats becoming more varied and increasingly cross-border as well as cross-sectorial in nature, has been at the forefront of analysis. The EU’s Security Union Strategy 2020-2025 highlights that terrorism remains a significant threat, both by Islamist extremists and, notably, by far-right and far-left extremists.
This, therefore, necessitates an effective and well-synchronised response at the European level and supplementary action in line with the EU’s counter-terrorism strategy to curb the growing rise of radical views and violent behaviour and ensure the safety and well-being of Europe and its citizens.
The INDEED consortium is convinced that striving to strengthen the sense of security of EU citizens requires designing evidence-based remedies for the diagnosed security concerns. It also recognises the need for competent and knowledgeable first-line practitioners and capacity-building tools enabling an evidence-based evaluation for all parties involved in dealing with radicalisation leading to terrorism or violent extremism.
Consequently, action must be taken towards improving these competencies and capabilities for preventing and countering violent extremism (PVE/CVE) and de-radicalisation evaluation, as well as the evidence-based design of initiatives, bridging the gap between the EU Member States. Hence, INDEED.